Jennifer Hudson’s Aretha Franklin biopic ‘Respect’ has been delayed until August 2021

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The inevitable has been announced for the upcoming soul singers biopic, Respect has been delayed due to the coronavirus.

The Aretha Franklin biopic starring Jennifer Hudson was slated for a premiere date of January 15, 2021. Respect has now been pushed back seven months to August 13, 2021 for its theatrical release. This is the second time that Respect‘s release date has been shifted after it was originally scheduled to premiere in August 2020.

The film is being directed by the award-winning theatre director Liesl Tommy known for Eclipsed.

In addition, before her death in 2018, Franklin personally chose the Oscar-winning Dreamgirls star to play the her in the biopic.

In an interview for the Entertainment Weekly cover story Hudson talked about that moment with Franklin, “We met in New York, and one of the first things she said to me was, ‘You’re gonna win another Oscar for playing me, right?’ Imagine Aretha Franklin looking you in the face and saying that. I was like, ‘Eh, uh, eh… I can try.'”

Speaking of Oscars, this performance is surely to earn Hudson her second Oscar nomination after her previously mentioned win for her role in Dreamgirls as Effie White.

Respect will now premiere in theaters on August 13, 2021

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